13 February 2013

South Africa: Arrest of Granny's Rapist and Murderer Gives Hope - Premier Modise

press release

North West Premier Thandi Modise commends police for the breakthrough in the case involving the brutal murder and rape of a 98-year-old woman from Tloung village outside Mahikeng.

Premier Modise said that though the arrest of the suspect will not bring back Betty Tiseng, the provincial government trusts that it will allow the Titse family to find closure and give hope that justice will be served on all perpetrator of the scourge of rape.

"Heartless criminals who have no regard for human life and respect for women, girl children and the elderly should have no place in our society. Granny Titse like all our elderly women deserved to age gracefully and die in peace someday surrounded by love and care. The perpetrator who ended her life robbed her of dignity when he violated, defiled and prematurely ended her valued life," said Modise.

According to police, blood stained clothes which the 33-year-old suspect who lives in the same village with the deceased Tiseng purportedly wore during the commission of the wicked crime was found at his home after his arrest in the Mahikeng Central Business District (CBD) on Tuesday afternoon.

The body of the old woman with bruises on her neck was found at her house by her grandson. Her lifeless body was covered with a blanket. The suspect is expected to appear before Mmabatho Magistrates' Court on Friday, 15 February 2013 on charges of murder and rape.

Issued by: North West Office of the Premier

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